COVID caution still urged

BATAVIA — The numbers may be lower but COVID-19 is still an issue locally, according to area health departments.

The number of active cases was 21 Friday in the GLOW region. The number isn’t huge but it represents an increase of 10 compared to one week before.

In the meantime, case are rising nationally.

“COVID-19 is still an issue,” said Nola Goodrich-Kresse of the Genesee and Orleans Counties Health Departments. “Although the numbers currently are much lower, we continue to encourage those who have not been vaccinated to get vaccinated as soon as possible. Vaccine is readily available at pharmacies, health care providers and the health departments.”

Much of the national upswing has been attributed to COVID-19’s Delta variant which was first detected in India and has been found to spread more easily than other variants. “Our numbers haven’t increased greatly, however it is important for people to be aware COVID-19 is still present and can become more prevalent,” Goodrich-Kresse said.

Variants may increase exposure and severity risks for unvaccinated people and those at highest risk for complications, she said. The Delta variant has been labeled as a variant of concern by the federal Centers for Disease Control due to its increased transmissibility and more-severe symptoms.

Other causes for concern surrounding the variant include increased hospitalizations or deaths; significant reduction in neutralization by antibodies generated during previous infections or vaccinations; reduced effectiveness of treatments or vaccines; and diagnostic detection failures.

“We encourage the public to remain vigilant and to continue practicing the precautions that work best for them: limiting time in public places; staying home if they are feeling unwell; wearing a mask when vaccination status is unknown; washing their hands frequently and keeping their hands away from the eyes, nose and mouth; sanitizing frequently touched/shared surfaces,” Goodrich-Kresse said. “For anyone who hasn’t been vaccinated, we encourage you to get vaccinated now.”

Here’s a county-by-county look at the data:

n Genesee County — Genesee County reported 136 people tested Thursday with no positives, with an overall total of 5,449 cases since the pandemic began, according to state health department data.

Four active cases were reported. Total recoveries are at 5,229.

New York state data indicated Friday that 29,100 or 50.6 percent of Genesee County residents have received at least one vaccine dose; 27,298 residents have completed the vaccine series, according to the state’s COVID-19 vaccine tracker

The county’s seven-day rolling average of positive cases was 0.8 percent, according to the state Department of Health.

n Orleans County — Orleans County’s state health department data reported 78 people tested Thursday with no new positives for a total of 3,132 cases.

Nine active cases were reported. Recoveries remained the same at 3,019.

In Orleans County on Friday 18,398 residents, or 45.3 percent of county residents, have received at least one vaccine dose; 17,395 residents have completed the vaccine series, according to the state’s COVID-19 vaccine tracker.

The county’s seven-day rolling average of positive cases was 1.3 percent, according to state data.

New York state reports a total of 124 COVID-19-related deaths in Genesee County and 83 deaths in Orleans County, representing no change.

n Wyoming County — Wyoming County tested 83 people Thursday, with none testing positive, and the overall total at 2,783 community cases, according to state and county data.

The number of active cases was six. Total recoveries increased to 2,724.

In Wyoming County on Friday, 18,377 residents, or 45.8 percent of county residents, have received at least one vaccine dose; 17,358 residents have completed the vaccine series, according to the state’s COVID-19 vaccine tracker.

The county’s seven-day rolling average of positive cases was 1.3 percent, according to state data.

n Livingston County — A total of 32,475 residents, or 51.4 percent of county residents, have received at least one vaccine dose as of Friday.

There are 30,935 residents who have completed the vaccine series, according to the state’s COVID-19 vaccine tracker. Two active cases were reported, along with 4,691 recoveries, according to county health department data.

A total of 4,739 confirmed cases have been reported since the pandemic began, according to the county.

A total of 140 people were tested Thursday, according to the state’s COVID dashboard. One tested positive.

The seven-day rolling average of positives is 0.3 percent, according to state data.

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